Empire of the Sun – Ice On The Dune Out TodayJun 18, 2013
Ice On The Dune, the follow-up to Empire of the Sun’s 2008 BRIT-nominated, global smash Walking On A Dream, is out today and available to download on iTunes. “Everything about Empire of the Sun is larger than life: The band name, the futuristic stage personas, the Dune-inspired album art and – most importantly – the music,” said Rolling Stone.
The Australian band will make its U.S. television debut tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” After the taping, Empire of the Sun will perform an extended set in front of thousands of fans at the show’s Hollywood Blvd. Studio. The concert will kick off the new monthly Jimmy Kimmel Live Stream concert series, which will be livestreamed in HD on Myspace, giving fans unable to get to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! concert backlot a chance to see their favorite bands live both on Myspace and on ABC.com. Visit the dedicated Jimmy Kimmel Live! hub at www.myspace.com/jimmykimmellive to watch the concert live and check out Myspace’s interview with Empire of the Sun. The entire performance series will be archived and available on Myspace for later viewing as well.
In a review of the band’s performance at Bonnaroo, Rolling Stone observed, “they pumped up the jams from their just-released dance-pop tour de force Ice on the Dune with a foggy, laser-laden spectacle to dazzle 4 a.m. candy flippers” while Billboard noted, “Empire of the Sun’s crowd never wavered, and soaked in the gonzo electro-pop act…”
The band will headline numerous other festivals while in the U.S. this summer, including the Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Forest, Summerfest, HARD Summer 2013, Made in America and Life is Beautiful. MTV Iggy, MTV’s global music brand, and Intel have selected Empire of the Sun to kick off 2013’s “The Music Experiment” with a show in New York City on June 20. The band will also perform as part of the Bud Light Music First “50/50/1” festival on August 1, a live music event that will see Bud Light present one concert in each of the 50 states on a single day.
“[Ice On The Dune is] exactly what electronic pop should sound like in 2013. Fresh, euphoric, youthful…it more than delivers on the promise of 2008’s million-selling debut Walking On A Dream,” said Q, awarding the album four stars in a lead review. MOJO noted, “you can’t help but be charmed by their puckish, wide-eyed enthusiasm for the redemptive power of pop.” “Nearly every track is powered by a room-rattling disco groove. But what makes ‘DNA’, ‘Alive’, ‘Concert Pitch’ and the title song so irresistible is the way their silky melodies resolve into super-saturated Technicolor chorus hooks,” observed Uncut, scoring it 8/10.
Empire of the Sun – U.S. Tour Dates
6/21-23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Electric Daisy Carnival
6/27-30 – Rothbury, MI @ Double JJ Ranch & Resort – Electric Forest
7/2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Henry Maier Festival Park – Summerfest
8/1 – Bud Light Music First “50/50/1” Festival
8/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles State Historic Park – HARD Summer 2013
8/23-25 – Eugene, OR @ Emerald Meadows – Kaleidoscope Music Festival
8/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Pioneer Park – Twilight Concert Series
8/31-9/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fairmount Park – Budweiser Made in America Festival
10/26-27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival